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|Superintendent's Corner - October 2018|
Posted Date: 10/01/2018
September in our school system is a very busy time. Board members are asked to help set the direction of the district with two evening board retreats in addition to the regularly scheduled board meeting on the second Monday of the month. We also have a linkage meeting with the Coffey County Ministerial Alliance before the regularly scheduled board meeting. Please take a moment to thank our board of education members if you see them. They are a really good group of people to work with, and I appreciate their service to the district.
It is time for a question/answer article.
Can you tell me a little about the 21st Century After School Program at BES?
We have a grant from the federal government for this after school program to help out families that need a place for their kids to be after school. The program provides a snack, homework time, physical activities, arts and crafts, and many other fun activities for students. The kids often utilize the recreation center and swim on Fridays. The after school program is staffed by our employees. Funding for this program comes from the federal government (about 90%) and our local general fund (about 10%).
Does BMS have any after school programs for students?
We do have some academic-centered tutoring for students after school for 60-90 minutes Monday through Thursday. We have a morning tutoring session as well. This time can be good for students to get caught up if they are behind or if they need a little extra help on subjects that are difficult for them. We also offer extra-curricular activities such as sports or scholars’ bowl.
How does the recreation center and school district partner together?
We are so lucky that the community decided to create the recreation center. Scot Jeffers and his staff are super to work with. We have a working agreement where we help each other out with facilities. The recreation center staff helps us with our baseball and softball facilities as these fields are used throughout the year by school teams and summer programs. The school district and rec center have worked together on improvements to our baseball and softball fields to help keep them top condition. We work together on the November Craft Fair. We share gyms as needed. We use their gyms during the summer when our floors are being refinished. They use our gyms for Saturday morning basketball. It really is a great situation for both groups.
Can you talk about the Linkage meetings that are before the regularly scheduled board meetings?
The board meets with different groups throughout the year to stay in tune with the community. Linkage meetings occur with the Coffey County Ministerial Alliance in August, building SITE Councils in November, recent alumni in January, certified teaching staff from all buildings in April, and administrators and directors in June. These meetings allow us to talk about how we can all focus on making connections stronger in our schools and community to help kids be more successful. The board and administrators greatly appreciate the input that helps us improve.
This month’s fun fact comes from Burlington Elementary School. Did you know that we average about 60 kids in our after school program each day?
As always, feel free to contact me if you ever have any questions. My phone number is 620-364-8478 Ext. 3040. You can also reach me via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org